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False Killer Whales

False killer whales are mammals and members of the dolphin family.

False Killer Whale Classification:

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Cetacea
Family: Delphinidae
Genus: Pseudorca
Species: Crassidens

Size: Male fase killer whales are larger than their female counterparts. Female false killer whales reach 15 feet in length and weigh up to 2600 lbs. Male killer whales measure 20 feet in length and weigh up to 4,800 lbs.

False Killer Whales
False Killer Whales

Conservation Status: Insufficient Data

Description: False killer whales have a small conical head without a beak, and they have slender streamlined bodies. False killer whales are dark gray to black with lighter shading on their underside.

Habitat: False killer whales prefer tropical to temperate waters that are deeper than 3,300 feet. False killer whales are found in the Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, Pacific Ocean and of the coast of Hawaii.

Diet: False killer whales feed primarily on squid and large fish.

Communication: False killer whales use sounds for echolocation and to communicate with each other.

Did You Know?

As the name implies, False killer whales share a number of characteristics, with the Orca or Killer Whale. Like the orca, the False killer whale kills other cetaceans (whales).

Sexual Maturity: False killer whales sexually mature around the age of 12. False killer whales give birth every 7 years.

Gestation: False killer whales carry their young for 14 to 16 months.

Birth: False killer whales are 5.3-6.5 feet in length,

Calves: False killer whale calves are weaned between 1.5-2 years.

Life Span: The average life span of false killer whales are 58-62 years.

Social Structure: False killer whales are gregarious, highly social, they form strong social bonds. False killer whales are found in pods of 10-20 whales. False killer whales can also be part of much larger pods of 40-100 whales.

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